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In his first phone call with Irelandā€™s newly-elected prime minister on Tuesday, President Donald Trump tried to charm him by saying he knows basically all the Irish-Americans in this country. Sigh.

ā€œWell, congratulations on your great victory, we have so many people from Ireland in this country,ā€ Trump began the call with Leo Varadkar, the countryā€™s youngest and first openly gay prime minister, while shakily reading off a piece of paper. ā€œI know so many of them, too. I feel I know all of them.ā€

Observing cross-cultural norms can be difficult to navigate. I guess, for now, we should be thankful we didnā€™t have to hear Trump making a similarly weird comment to, say, the prime minister of Morocco.